How – and why – does life sometimes manage to get so busy?! The photo below is of a place which is truly timeless, both in the sheer beauty of the dramatic landscape, and because it’s a place where all sense of time disappears, just you and immenseness of the land, the crashing surf, the sun on your skin and the sea breeze. A complete contrast to the previous post here on foldedcranes, getting lost in the wonder of an untouched edge of the land like this one is an ideal balance to the bustle of life in the city. Capturing it in a photo – and being able to take it home with you, to get lost in, every once in a while, is a great thing to be able to do, too.
Photo by CIA at Te Henga – Bethells Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013.
A stingray isn’t the only encounter we’ve had with wildlife lately. On Christmas Eve we heard an odd noise, and upon investigating found ourselves face-to-face with a tree frog*. It was a lively moment, and no easy task to keep the frog in frame.
Photos by PJD, Auckland, December 2012
* or some other kind of frog.
Fridays are always a good day of the week. The weekend is just around the corner, and on a Wellington Friday when the sun is shining, worker-bees flock to the waterfront and eek out every last minute of their lunch-hour, making the most of the proximity of the CBD to the wonderful harbour. This Friday lunchtime, as we ate our lunch shading our eyes from the glint of the sunlight bouncing sharply off the sparkling water, the harbour became an aquarium before our eyes as we spotted a large stingray pass sleekly by. Surely there aren’t too many places in the world where a stingray would be your lunchtime company?!
Photo by CIA, Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand, 8 February 2013. In past weeks we have been reminded that the Wellington Harbour is so full of interesting sea-life – check out some of our other harbour wildlife encounters here and here.
I promised a couple of days ago that I would share some more pictures from my time spent this past week in the far North at Waitangi, for the annual commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Having left the camera at home, I had to make do with my cellphone, so the results aren’t the best, but they give at least a flavour of time in this special place…
The sixth of February is a day of special significance in Aotearoa New Zealand: Waitangi Day. This year, I had the opportunity to be part of celebrations and events for this national day at Waitangi. Spending the last few days in this special part of New Zealand has been an amazing experience; one of the highlights was marking the start of the day with a dawn ceremony. Not being a morning person, the fact I am saying that I actually enjoyed being up and about at 4:30am really says something. I was reminded that the dawn is a particularly incredible part of the day; as the depths of the darkness and the sparkle of the Milky Way gives over to the glow of sun on the horizon, it is a time of day where the world seems all at once full of possibility and overwhelming in its magnitude, whilst also peaceful, with the land, sea, stars, sun and sky all working together as one incredible whole. I will be sure to share some more pictures tomorrow.
View of the sun rising over the water from the Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand (looking towards Russell)
Photo by CIA, Waitangi, Far North, New Zealand, 6 February 2013.
Between Christmas and New Year, we visited Canberra for a few short days. Among other things, we went bush walking in Woods Reserve.
We had meant to walk up to Gibraltar Falls, a walk we did many times when I was a child.
But the 2003 bushfires had destroyed much of the trail.
So, we walked as far as we could, then turned back to the car.
It was worth driving up.
I wonder though, what conclusions you could draw from the respective formative influences on CIA and PJD, of Karekare and West Auckland beaches like it, and the dry hot landscape of Canberra?
Photos by PJD & CIA, Woods Reserve and Gibraltar Falls, December, 2012. We didn’t see any snakes.
…Because sometimes there is no way out.
Photo by PJD, at the second summit, Mt Victoria. This poor spider built an impressive web inside this glass-cased map, but to little avail as small insects were disinclined to join him there.